List: Food Startup Accelerators & Incubators

food startup accelerators

Incubators and Accelerators can be useful to entrepreneurs who are looking to move their start-ups forward.  In addition to mentorship and training, many food startup accelerators will offer funding (often in exchange for a portion of equity), coworking space, and introductions to angels and venture capitalists that are looking to fund businesses like yours.

The List: Food Startup Accelerators & Incubators

Without further ado, here are some of the incubators and accelerators that have popped up across the globe that are focused on food, beverage, consumer goods and/or agriculture.  Check ’em out.

Not dedicated to food stuffs, but also accelerate/incubate food companies:

  • Accelerating Appalachia — “nature-based” businesses, including food – Asheville, NC
  • Bioenterprise — Not-for-profit accelerator focused on Ag-Bio – Canada
  • Indie Bio — focused on biotech, but accelerates synbio companies like Muufri – San Francisco & Cork, Ireland
  • SKU — formerly Incubation Station – Austin, TX
  • The NextFarm Accelerator — Martin, TN
  • Thrive Accelerator — This is SVG Partner’s accelerator, dedicated to AgTech – Salinas Valley
  • Village Capital — focused on agriculture startups – Louisville, KY
  • The Yield Lab – AgTech – St. Louis, MO

With all this talk of accelerators and incubators, you might be wondering: What’s the difference?  I’ve got you covered.  Check out: What’s the difference between an accelerator and an incubator?

As someone who has been through an accelerator program and has helped a startup founding team operate while attending YC, I understand the importance of weighing the costs of attending an accelerator (i.e., equity) versus the benefits (cash, connections, prestige, etc).

Do Accelerator Programs Work?

Do accelerator programs work? These stats on accelerator success rates might be helpful. It seems that YC leads the pack. No surprise there, but the success and metrics of accelerator programs in general are all opaque.

Have questions? Want to chat? Think I missed a program worthy of being listed? Shoot me an e-mail.  I’m happy to help.



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